Gospel-centered – Jesus is the hope of the world. Our ministry is committed to living out and promoting the Lordship of Christ and the advancement of His Kingdom. Jesus is God’s Son sent forth as the payment for the sin of humanity (Romans 6:23), the only way to God (John 14:6), and the mediator between God and men (1 Timothy 2:5). He is before all things and by him all things consist (Colossians 1:15-19). A personal relationship with Christ is not only paramount to our becoming fully alive, it’s the determinative of life and death.
Next Generation – They are the future! It’s been said that it’s easier to build a boy than to mend a man. Consistent research has shown that upwards to 75% of those who come to faith in Jesus Christ make that life-changing decision before the age of eighteen. Adults (ages 19 through death) have only a 6% probability of ever making that faith-decision. We understand the urgency of reaching young people with the Gospel before they become hardened and desensitized to its life-giving message. We give ourselves relentlessly and invest immensely in reaching youth for Christ. Eternity hangs in the balance!
Holistic – Spiritual growth capacity is deepened by developing the whole person. We seek to strengthen young people’s spirit, mind, body and soul. We seek to empower young people to become responsible contributors to society by equipping them spiritually, socially, emotionally, interpersonally, and vocationally.
Relational – We do not create events and programs in isolation. We create long-term impact by being relational, accessible, grassroots-empowering, servant leaders.
Restorative Justice – We believe that Christ followers should be active agents of change in society by caring for and serving those who are impoverished, imprisoned, oppressed, abused, orphaned, at-risk, underprivileged, or marginalized (Deut. 10:17-19, Deut. 15:7-11, Prov. 19:17, Micah 6:8, I John 3:17, James 1:27). We give ourselves compassionately to serving the social and spiritiual needs of the “least of these” that Jesus referred to in Matthew 25.
Multicultural – We best solve urban youth issues and reflect the love of Christ when we embrace our ethnic differences and join together. Diversity reflects the heart and kingdom of God, and we serve Jesus well when we celebrate diversity in our spiritual journey and social enterprises.
Collaborative – No ONE organization can effectively reach and meet all the needs of the children, youth, and fragmented families of our cities. Our outreach strategy creates collaboration and partnership between churches, community leaders, schools, advocacy groups, and faith-based organizations both locally and globally.
The Local Church – We recognize the essential role of the local church in God’s restorative plan, and that unique missionary forms of the Church are equally essential. We are convinced that new expressions and forms of the local church are needed if those far from God are to have any hope of moving toward a relationship with Jesus.